A woman who lives with her dog in a motorhome says she now “knows how snails feel” and loves the freedom of life with her home “on her back”.

Kat Bird quit her job as an air traffic controller to travel up and down the UK in 2017. The 41-year-old blogger chose to live in a motorhome with her family to help home-school her daughter by taking her to places rather than “learning out of a textbook”.

Kat believes her family benefited from this experience, with her daughter being able to “interact with adults a lot better”. Her daughter decided to go back to mainstream college to do her A-Levels but once she went off to university, Kat quit her job to travel full-time.

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Kat and her husband travelled until they separated in 2022, and Kat now travels by herself with her five-year-old spaniel called Mac, travelling all over the UK and abroad in places such as Ireland and Italy.

She only spends around £1,000 a month, on petrol and Wi-Fi, and makes an income by blogging about her travel experiences, talking at shows and has written several books about motorhoming and van life.

Kat said: “I have the ability to go wherever I want with my home on my back – I know how snails feel. It’s amazing not having to pack or figure out where you want to go. I sort of wing it when it comes to where I go.”

In 2017, Kat’s daughter began having “some issues at school”, so the family decided it would be best to home-school her – but decided to do this from a motorhome.

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